2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 12 in Review

by Jon Witt
2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 12 in Review

Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 12 in Review. A weekly focus on two or three Devy players at each position and key performances.

This week I cover a freshman quarterback on a tear in his last two starts. Plus, a running back starting to make a name for himself and senior wide receiver having a career year.  I also touch on the devastating injury to Tua Tagovailoa and its impact in the devy world.

For those not familiar with Devy leagues, take a look back at the Quarterback, Running Backs and Wide Receivers Devy Rankings for a bit of an explanation to the leagues.

2019 Fantasy Football Devy Week 12 in Review

Quarterbacks

Kedon Slovis, USC

Slovis played behind JT Daniels with little chance for an opportunity, but injuries early in the season on the Trojans forced Slovis into action. Let me tell you, this kid looks legit. He had his best game of the season last Saturday against Cal; throwing for 406 yards with four touchdowns.

What was so impressive about this performance? Slovis completed 82.9% of his passes and finished with s 218 passer rating and a 96.2 QBR.  Did I mention this game was on the road?!  Slovis has now thrown for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in three of his last four games with a 24-to-9 QB to INT ratio this year.

I imagine Slovis went undrafted in most devy drafts this season, but rest assure, he should rightly stand as one of the top QBs taken in your draft next year.  Do not sleep on him.

Justin Fields, Ohio State

Justin Fields put on a clinic against Rutgers this past week.  It took him just 19 passing attempts (15 completions) to throw for 305 yards and four touchdowns.  He had a near perfect 99 QBR and rushed for 30 yards on three attempts.

Fields is fourth in the BCS in passing touchdowns (31), fourth in passer rating (191.8), and thrown only one, yes one, pick on the season.  He is proving this season why he was such a highly sought after transfer after leaving Georgia.  If Fields continues to progress like this,  he will give Trevor Lawrence a run for his money as the first quarterback drafted in 2021.

Running Backs

Chubba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

The leading rusher in the BCS (1,205 yards) was back at it again this past Saturday rushing for 122 yards on 23 carries, finding pay dirt twice.  Hubbard has failed to go over 100 yards only once this season and has surpassed the 200 mark in four different games.  His 20 total touchdowns is good for second in the BCS (13 rushing, 7 receiving).

Hubbard is a redshirt sophomore, making him eligible for the 2020 draft.  The class is loaded with talented runners, but Hubbard is extremely explosive with great vision.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

Well, after the performances which Edwards-Helaire put in over the course of the last three games, it is time we take notice. The man is on a tear. Six touchdowns over the last three games, three straight 100 yard games (172 last Saturday), and 20 receptions for 150 yards. The former three-star recruit has really come into his own in his junior season.

He is a small back (5'8") but very strong and durable; playing bigger than his size states.  It is not out of the realm of possibility that he declares for the draft on the back of his outstanding junior season.

Wide Receivers

Michael Pittman Jr. USC

As Kedon Slovis' go-to target, the senior wideout is really shining for the Trojans.  Pittman torched Cal for an 11-180-1 statline.  He is third in the BCS is receiving yards (1,118) and third in receptions (82).  Recently named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff award, Pittman Jr. has a tremendous catch radius with strong hands - two traits catching the eyes of the scouts.

Pittman Jr. remains pegged as a mid-second round WR  in a deep class. But with a good combine, it would not surprise me to see Pittman Jr. become a hot name come draft time.

Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

The senior wide receiver from Notre Dame is putting together a solid season.  He dominated against Navy on Saturday; catching seven balls for 117 yards and four touchdowns.  Claypool had become a go-to weapon for Ian Book catching 20 balls over the last three games.

Claypool is starting to garner the attention of the NFL, and is sure to make a difference somewhere on Sundays in the future.

News and Notes:

Normally I reserve this spot for other standout performances for the week, but I want to touch on the injury to Tua here.  He suffered a terrible injury to his hip and had successful surgery on Sunday to repair the damages.  The good news is it is not as bad as originally thought (originally feared to be Bo Jackson like), and he can resume throwing in the spring.

The big question remains if he will still declare for the draft or not.  If he declares, there is a good chance he is now the third QB drafted (many already had Burrow and Hebert ahead of him anyway), and could slide on draft day.  He could return to school, prove he is healthy, and increase his chances of going higher in the 2021 draft.

Regardless, Tua has a long road ahead of him, and if he does declare, I would draft him with some caution in your leagues.  It still may take a full year for him to recover from an injury like this.


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